In the beginning of Januari 2014, Mr. Deden Saefulloh, SE, MM and Mr. I Made Dharma were invited by Mr IB. Ngurah Wijaya who is Bali Tourism Board (BTB) chairman to be the mentor and moderator at the BTB seminar to share any information about wedding industry development in Bali. The next day, the vice chairman of BTB was answering some questions from 18 wedding agents from China who were visited the BTB office on that day.
Since that seminar, Mr. IB. Ngurah Wijaya suggested Mr. Deden and friends to make a wedding association in Bali as an informant for the local government and as a legal organization specializing in wedding industry in Bali. In the same time, there’s a plan from a forum called ‘Bali Wedding Specialist’ to make a legal wedding association for the wedding vendors and wedding planners, this forum is already exist from 2012.
Mr. Deden and Mr. Made Dharma with other 50 wedding specialists had a meeting and discussion together on January 24, 2014 at Dapur Sunda about 21:16 pm, there is a representative from BTB office as well and decided to make a formal organization called “Bali Wedding Association” or BWA with temporary structure : 1 chairman, 1 vice chairman, 2 secretaries, 2 accountant, 2 public relations, 8 divisions. The 8 divisions are : florist, photographer & videographer, caterer, entertainment & equipment, bridal & make up artist, venue and wedding planner, transport and souvenir.
After the temporary structure Bali Wedding Association (BWA) is finalized, then all of them done some meetings with 3 important people in Bali tourism business, they are : Mr. Subikshu as the chairman of Tourism Department Bali, Dr. Ir. Tjokorda Gde Oka A.A. Sukawati, M.Si as the chairman of Association of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant also the chairman of BTB to ask any suggestions and advise about the process to build BWA properly as a legal organization. The result is there will be another 3 kind of division to be added in the structure, they are : 3 founders, 3 advisers and 2 person in charge for legal division. Other than that, the result of the meetings create some changes like the number of division, from 8 divisions becomes 7 divisions, they are : Wedding Organizers, Wedding Venue, Caterer, Florist, Bridal & Make Up Artist, Entertainment & Equipment and last Photographer & Videographer. Now Bali Wedding Association is officially under Association of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant (PHRI or Perhimpunan Hotel dan Restaurant Indonesia).
Bali Wedding Association was officially sworn by Dr. Ir. Tjokorda Gde Oka A.A. Sukawati, M.Si as the chairman of the Association of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant which is the main organization of the Bali Wedding Association is housed in the building of BTB.
On April 30th, 2014 Bali Wedding Association had done a great event, which is the launch of Bali Wedding Association with approximate 500 to 700 guests from the wedding vendors and wedding organizers and some other guests from Bali wedding industry. The event’s held at the Taman Bhagawan Nusa Dua, Bali.
Until now, Bali Wedding Association has 57 members and actively develop the organization and done many activities such as joining seminars, attending many invitations sent to the organization and also attending some meetings with the local government. Below is the summary of Bali Wedding Association activities: